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Protect Your Hair & Scalp from the Summer Sun

Summer is here, and we all know that the California sun will be out in full force! Thousands of beach goers, BBQ lovers, and outdoor fans are going to slather their skin in protective sunscreen and break out their best sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats to guard against the relentless summer sun – but what about our hair and scalps? The sun is just as damaging to what’s on our heads, and can cause our hair to become lackluster and our scalps to dry and (God forbid) flake! Here are some precautions you can take to protect your hair and scalp from the summer sun when venturing outdoors this season.

Wear a Hat
The easiest and simplest protection you can use is wearing a stylish hat. Wide brims are ideal, as they cover more of your hair, but baseball caps can be just as effective. Try to tuck your hair underneath the hat for bonus protection. But remember, if you have thin hair, fitted hats can rub against your scalp and could create more problems down the line. Scarves and bandanas are good alternatives as well.

Use SPF Products
There are many products that are formulated specifically to protect your hair from the sun. These serums, sprays, and conditioners can usually be found at your local supermarket or drugstore. Shampoos and conditioners that provide UV protection are less effective since they are rinsed off, so try to choose other products like sprays or leave-in serums.

Be Aware of the Part
The part in your hair is an area where your scalp is exposed to the sun, so we recommend applying a bit of sunscreen directly onto any exposed scalp. If your hair is longer, you can protect your scalp by pulling back your hair into a ponytail or bun so that no areas of your scalp are showing.

Plan Around the Sun
The sun is at its highest point in the sky from 10am to 3pm, which is when UV rays are at their strongest. If you avoid being exposed during this window of time, you will lessen your chances of sun damage to your hair and scalp. However, if you don’t want to stay indoors or in the shade during these times, we recommend carrying your protective products with you to reapply throughout the day.

Don’t neglect your sensitive scalp or hair this summer! Be sure to protect yourself from sun damage to maintain healthy, beautiful hair all year round.

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Do Flat Irons Cause Hair Loss?

Oftentimes to attain wonderfully straight hair, many of us must turn to flat irons and other high temperature appliances to get that perfect result. The flat iron can be a great beauty tool in the hands of professional hair stylists, but when it is overused, we risk serious damage to our hair both temporarily and permanently.

How does a simple flat iron damage hair? Unfortunately, any sort of extreme heat can be harmful to your hair. Temperatures above 347 degrees Fahrenheit will typically cause damage that is permanent, so be careful and stay aware. Flat irons and similar devices use incredibly high heat, which can reach up to over 400 degrees. Those beautiful straightening results you're after are achieved by altering the hair's internal structure as it breaks down the hydrogen bonds within. The only way to undo this process is by letting the hair grow out once the damage is done.

While it's important to remember that flat irons do not directly cause hair loss itself, they are directly responsible for the heat damage which can sometimes lead to hair loss. Additionally, flat irons are not the only culprits for heat-related damage. Any sort of hair appliance that utilizes high temperatures will affect the structure of the hair. For example, wet ironing does not spare your hair just because it is wet and thus "cooler" at the time an iron is taken to it. In fact, the moisture in wet ironing can be even more damaging to the hair than regular flat ironing. And of course, we've all heard how blow drying hair on high heat will ultimately be damaging to it. In essence, the longer that hair is heated, the more damage it will suffer.

To keep your hair healthy, use either low heat or be infrequent in the high heat you subject your hair to. The good news regarding heat damage is that if you are experiencing hair loss due to this issue, the problem is temporary in nature. Simply decrease the use of heat and your hair will be back to its beautifully voluminous self soon enough! What's more, you can cut off the damaged hair and update your look with a nice haircut since hair grows anywhere from a quarter inch to a half inch a month!

If you're struggling with hair loss and are wondering if heat damage is the problem, our team of hair experts is here to help. We'll help you find the solution that's right for you. Call us today at (800) 966-9505 to schedule a consultation today.

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Everything You Need To Know About Grey Hair

While some people seem to become more attractive with the arrival of grey hair, many of us shudder when we spot even one or two popping up. Researchers are out there working diligently on just about every aspect of how we age and our greying hair is on the list. So, what do the scientists know that we should too?

Natural aging is the biggest offender.
Big surprise, right?! Skin doctors refer to this as the 50/50/50 rule: 50% of the population will have about 50% grey hair by the time they’re 50. Just like our skin, our hair texture changes as we get older as well.

Stress can affect your natural grey timeline.
Stress alone won’t cause you to go grey but it is the culprit for a lot of skin and hair issues. People can lose hair pretty quickly as the body’s response to an illness or a particularly stressful event, like chemotherapy. Hair that grows back afterward may grow back a different color.

Lifestyle choices are a factor.
We know that smoking causes cancer, but it also affects your skin and hair, causing wrinkles and grey hair. The loss of hair pigment can be attributed to low vitamin B12 levels so make sure you add liver, salmon and carrots to your diet. Foods that contain vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients can help protect your cells against toxins, help prevent cancer and heart disease and even grey hair!

Your ethnic make-up plays a role.
You’ll go grey sooner if you’re Caucasian, with redheads being the first in line. People of Asian descent are next. African-Americans tend to go grey later than either Caucasians or Asians. This is one of those quirks scientists are still trying to figure out.

Your hair and your hair color are separate things.
You have hair stem cells that make your hair and pigment-forming stem cells that make your hair color. Usually they work together, but one or both can wear out, sometimes prematurely. Scientists are researching ways to stop or slow down this process. There could be a medication or a scalp application in the future that would prevent greys from happening.

Your hair grows in grey, it doesn’t “turn” grey.
Every single hair on your head has a lifecycle, it grows for 2-3 years and then falls out naturally and you grow a new one. As you get older, new hairs grow in grey or white. Through each regeneration cycle, your hair has to reform those pigment forming stem cells and as we mentioned above, they wear out over time.

Want help dealing with grey hair? Call our team of hair professionals today for an appointment at 800-966-9505!

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Hair Transformation with Trend Ready

At a young age, Matt lost his hair and has been struggling with his self-esteem and confidence ever since. However, with HRC's exclusive Trend Ready system, he's once again comfortable in his skin and ready to take on the world. This incredible hair system is seamless and undetectable, giving Matt a new hairstyle that gives him an attractive and effortless look! Watch the video now:

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Male Hair Loss In History

There is one theme that all men throughout history have agreed on; concern about losing their hair. During the late 19th century, men caught a major case of hysteria over hair loss. Magazine articles at the time covered the growing panic claiming that half of American business and professional men were currently bald and that it was only a matter of time until we became a race of hairless Americans.

There are not many examples in history of men celebrating their hair loss. Hippocrates is often referred to as the father of modern medicine and he devoted much of his life seeking a remedy for his thinning scalp. Julius Caesar used a laurel wreath to design a royal toupee. In the late 1800’s the medical community was convinced that baldness had reached epidemic proportions. Medical students would perform “studies” by counting the number of bald heads in various crowds and could come to no conclusions about the cause. Weird, unfounded and just plain crazy theories about the cause of male hair loss found their way into newspapers and medical journals, here’s just a few:

Those darn hats!
Many magazines of the time blamed baldness on stiff, thick-brimmed felt hats. The popular fashion of hat-wearing was constricting circulation to the top of the head preventing hair from growing. This theory was especially good for explaining a bald crown because the hair loss essentially started where the rim of the hat was tightest.

Its evolution dear Watson!
At its most basic function, we have hair to keep us warm. Since modern man has developed ways to control the way climate affects us with indoor heating and warm clothing, we no longer need our hair! This theory was appealing because it explained why less-developed cultures were not plagued by baldness. It was believed that the creature comforts appreciated by the upper class had sapped man’s vitality, making him effeminate and weak.

It’s heredity, kind of.
Medical professionals at the time believed that heredity did play a role in male hair loss. However, they thought that you could be born with traits that would make you more susceptible to diseases of the scalp that could cause hair loss. In the late 1800’s, dandruff, bacteria, fungi and ringworm were thought to be major causes of baldness.

More music needed!
Many believed that certain types of music increased hair growth, specifically the sounds created by string instruments. But watch out, wind instruments like the cornet and the trombone could actually prevent hair growth! It was a (completely unproven!) fact that only 1 out of every 100 composers went bald.

So, what exactly did these modern men do to combat their hair loss? Some of the most outlandish (and unpleasant!) of the remedies included cocaine-infused hair tonics, electric brushes and even eating rat flesh!

Luckily, we have quite a bit more research on the topic of hair loss today and have a plethora of successful options when it comes to combatting it. If you’re experiencing hair loss, make an appointment to see one of our hair restoration specialists for a free consultation by calling (800) 966-9505 today.

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